24 Jan Umi Jigoku, Beppu
This was the first of the jigoku aka ‘hell pools’ we visited in Beppu. The light blue pool, Umi Jigoku, is the only one that’s hot enough to cook eggs in and it had a basket of eggs hanging off a rod, sitting in the water. Inside the visitor centre we bought a bag of five of these steamed eggs for ¥300. They were cooked very nicely and the bag also included a small sachet of salt to use. We ate these inside the centre where they had low tables to eat them. On top of the tables were origami boxes folded out of catalogues for people to discard shells. My first egg was still slightly (and pleasantly) wet in the very middle, but none of them were dry. All the eggs in Japan seem to be a more orange colour.